Meet eBay’s most peculiar executive

By Dan Wilson August 13, 2015 - 11:43 am

If you sell on eBay, you should meet Michael Phillips Moskowitz. He’s the head of Curation at eBay (whatever that is) and he’s rather interesting.

I do like a man with a colourful vocabulary and I also admire intelligence and style. But, equally, I do like clarity and sense. It would appear that Moskowitz is in charge of eBay Collections, therefore he’s involved with decisions that will affect your business.

We have, apparently, witnessed both a “generational and a paradigmatical shift in consumer expectations across this space” and in likening eBay to the library at Alexandria we should be reassured by Moskowitz’s assertion that “eBay will never burn.”

Hyper-selectivity? There is a downside to infinite connectedness. What it means to be human is becoming harder and harder and more of a psychic struggle. Which is nice.

From where I’m sitting eBay Collections has been a flop. It launched in 2014 to great fanfare. It stayed. eBay has never told us all what a success it is. And I can’t say that I’ve ever heard eBay sellers talk of it in relation to their business.

So it would be interesting to know exactly what Moskowitz has added to the eBay business aside from a decent suit, long words and a slight daze as you try an decipher his message.

What do you think he was saying in this video?

  • John S
    2 years ago

    Think he’s saying ‘Ive disrupted the market for executives that speak total b******s to a level where no one at all will displace me from my job. I’ve introduced a paradigm shift based on the paradox of juxtaposing antidisestablishmentarianism and disassociation, resulting in floccinaucinihilipilification of everything I say.’

  • Mark
    2 years ago

    My God – and this sort of language fooled the interviewers at eBay to give him a senior job?

  • tinker
    2 years ago

    hes saying your all a bunch of dozy buggers paying my wages for talking shite

  • Glenn
    2 years ago

    I think what he is saying it that one man’s trash is eBays treasure, other than that I haven’t got a clue.

    Mind you I can’t help but like the way he talks joined up BS.

  • Aceparts
    2 years ago

    I guarantee you this man has never sold a f**king thing on eBay!

    • john
      2 years ago


  • james
    2 years ago

    unlike the library of alexandria, the exhibits dont belong to the library, they’re owned by 3rd parties ebay insists upon treating like scum.

    ebays library wont burn, the books will walk out.

    its great how these corporate gobbledy-gook peddlers keep banging on about the variety on ebay, while trying to hammer all we diverse pegs into the one square hole.
    – like to see how managed returns works on his “treasures from the ocean floor”.#
    – return request: customer requests full refund due to water damage. refund now or arrange collection?

  • Ian A
    2 years ago

    I don’t get it. Leadership keep talking about diversity, rare items and ebay’s USP… yet if you search, UK search results still look like Aliexpress, not a UK registered business in sight

    Cassini needs scrapping ASAP.

  • 2 years ago

    On the surface, this guy sounds a little flaky. But if you listen long enough, his relatively clear message is simply that eBay’s market differentiator is its inventory. This is what we’ve been saying since we first began selling on eBay. It sounds very different from the John Donahoe, “We wanna be just like Amazon”, speak. I am curious to see if it plays out over time the way it sounds.

  • Roger C
    2 years ago

    OK . . . I realise my own selling roots go back to the “Good ‘Ole Days” of early eBay and car boot sales and that might make me appear a dinosaur but, is it just me, or do others feel that unnecessary alienation is created by “geeks” using words that only an Elite Clique understand?

    . . . somebody find me a translator?

  • Simon M
    2 years ago


    That is all.


  • 2 years ago

    “Collections” seems like an idea cooked up on the Mumsnet forum for flaky sellers to circle-jerk instead of trying to run a business.

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